Contact Address Details:
Gambian Home For Children
Sinchu Alhajie Village
Kombo North, West Coast Region
PO Box 2713
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 9926258
the Kombo Coastal Road heading south from Banjul
The Gambian Home
For Children With Learning Difficulties is run by the Hart
Foundation, which is a fully registered NGO charity which
was established in 2001 to offer short-term stays for kids
with learning problems. Hart House also gives parents and
care providers respite from caring for their children and
to exchange ideas and progress reports.
The respite home covers the developmental stage of
children and helps them attain their highest potential by
providing a number of stimulating sets of learning and play activities.
Their intake has over 20 registered children with special needs, aged between 5 to
15, most of whom are resident with a few enrolled on a day-care
basis from Mondays to Fridays. However, during the low holiday
season the numbers they can accommodate is reduced because of a
drop in donations from tourist visitors to The Gambia.
Most of the children's learning problems are as a result of
having suffered from cerebral malaria while others are the
result of cerebral palsy (CP), epilepsy and speech disorders.
Young people with mild to profound mental problems are taken
into the Hart House programme for cognitively stimulating
Enrolment & Referrals:
Children are recommended to them from families, the Ministry of
Health & Social Welfare, kindergarten & primary school teachers,
passers by, other non-governmental organisations in The Gambia
and hospital paediatric consultants.
Once someone is referred to the institution the founder, Mr.
Geoffrey Hunwicks, makes a trip to the child's residence to talk
with his/her family. If all goes well an admissions application
form is filled out and a duplicate copy is delivered to the
Ministry of Health in Banjul.
• Arts & crafts.
• Daily life skills such as washing & getting dressed
• Excursions for learning, fun, etc.
• Jigsaw puzzles
• Matching colours
• Outdoor sports
• Physiotherapy & speech therapy
• Playing with toys & table games
• Sandpit activities
• Signs & symbols using Makaton
• Socially interactive games
• Water play
• Write Dance
The head of the foundation's executive committee is Geoff Hart
along with his spouse the director, cashier, secretary, staff
and family representation.
Funding & Help:
Most of the donated items and sponsorship monies comes from
visitors to the Gambia between the months of November to April
each year. These are for example individual child sponsorship,
cash to the Hart Foundation, donations for furniture and toys
provided by retailers and private individuals, gifts of education
They also welcome professional and lay volunteers to help out at
The property is a purpose built complex on two floors which
was finished in the middle of 2002 and measures 14 x 25m.
The first floor is used as the living quarters of the children
and has four bedrooms, a dining area, kitchen, four play rooms,
a living room, store, bathroom, shower, 2 WCs and equipment
The top level has the living area for the CEO and his wife,
meeting room, four volunteer bedrooms and lounge, a store,
a bathroom and WCs.